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President Cyril Ramaphosa.
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Ramaphosa’s Level 3 address: There was one brilliant bit of good news…

While we see the rate of infection rise across the country, Ramaphosa, said there is one statistic that provides a clear reason for hope.

cyril ramaphosa #RamaphosaMustGo

President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Photo: GCIS / Flickr

While President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a move to Level 3 lockdown after a spike in COVID-19 infections and hospital admissions and certain restrictions, there was one glimmer of hope….something to hold onto during these difficult times. Ramaphosa said the amount of health workers that are infected by COVID-19 has decreased considerably, proving that the vaccine does work.


Ramaphosa, shortly after introducing an array of restrictions, said there is one statistic that provides a clear reason for hope.

At a similar point in the rise of the second wave of infections in early December last year, there were 640 health care workers infected by COVID-19 over a seven day period. In the last seven days, only 64 health care workers have been infected. 

“While it must be our unwavering determination to ensure that no health care workers are infected, this is a significant reduction in infections, which can be attributed to the success of the first phase of our vaccination programme,” he said.  

“This is evidence that vaccines work,” he added.

Ramaphosa said this must motivate us to accelerate the roll-out of vaccines and to ensure that all people who are eligible register and receive the vaccine. 


Fifteen months ago, Ramaphosa live from the Union Buildings, said it is up to us to determine how long the pandemic will last, how damaging it will be, and how long it will take the economy and our country to recover.

“But if we act together, if we act now, and if we act decisively, we will overcome it,” he said at the time.  

He went on to say that those words still ring true more than a year later.

“We have endured so much as a nation and we have prevailed. We will not be overwhelmed by uncertainty, fear or despondency. We will not be daunted by the size or the complexity of the task before us. We can now see a path towards overcoming this pandemic,” Ramaphosa added.

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